What is Malaria?
Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Malaria symptoms can include high fever, shaking chills, headaches, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, and vomiting. If not treated promptly, malaria can lead to severe illness and death. Many symptoms may begin a few weeks after being bitten by an infected mosquito, but some parasites can also lay dormant for up to a year before active infections.
How is Malaria transmitted?
How can I protect against Malaria?
Can Malaria result in serious illness or complications?
Who is at risk from Malaria?
Vaccination is the best prevention against Malaria!
How long before travel should I get vaccinated for Malaria?
What types of medications are available for Malaria?
How long does protection from Malaria Vaccines last?
Why is it important to get vaccinated against Malaria?
Travelers to malaria-risk areas are at increased risk for this disease. While the best way to prevent malaria is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, anti-malarial medication is a very important tool in the fight against this disease. Malaria vaccines can be used to prevent or reduce the severity of malaria infections. There are several different types of malaria vaccines available, and more are under development.
Malaria vaccine recommendations vary depending on your age, health, occupation, travel plans, and other factors. Talk to your health care provider about whether you should get a malaria vaccine before your next trip.
When should I get Hepatitis A vaccines?
Ideally, you should get hepatitis A vaccines at least two weeks before you travel to an area where the virus is common. This will give the vaccine time to start working. If you are already in an area where hepatitis A is common or about to travel, you should get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccination is also recommended for people who are at increased risk for hepatitis A, such as those with chronic liver disease or those who have had a liver transplant.
Which countries and regions present a higher risk of Malaria transmission?
Malaria is most commonly found in Africa, South America, Central America, Asia, and Oceania. However, it can occur in any area where there is a risk of mosquito bites. Areas of higher death rate-causing malaria, such as plasmodium falciparum are highest risk:
If you are travelling to any of these areas, it is important to talk to your health care provider about remaining protected against Malaria. There are several options available for Malaria through Swift Clinics, depending on your risk and medical history.
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Disclaimer : This general information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your healthcare provider.